NEW YORK (AP) — Omir Santos tried on his new batting gloves, said to slow the impact of a harmful fastball down to the mere annoyance of a junkball, and voiced excitement.
“I think it’s going to help,” the New York Mets catcher said. “It sounds like it’s going to work.”
The latest high-tech protective product in a sport that’s slow to accept innovation, the batting gloves are manufactured by the startup company XProTeX, which hired former All-Star Reggie Smith to go around spring training trying to persuade big leaguers to switch.
Zac Wallace and Corey Ford drove in two runs apiece to spark the Lyon College Scots to a 10-1 victory over the Clarke College Lions in the first game of a nonconference doubleheader split at Scots Field Wednesday afternoon.
Lyon (8-5) lost the second game 12-0 in five innings, but has won six of its last eight games. Clarke (7-3) has won five of its last seven.
Wallace finished the opener with a 2-run double and Ford picked up a 2-run single and scored twice. Third baseman Aaron Thornton slapped two hits and drove in a run with a fourth-inning double.
Tenequa Martin earned five hits and drove in six runs during the Lyon College Pipers’ doubleheader sweep of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Lady Golden Lions on Wednesday at House Field.
“‘T’ played a heck of a game, both games. She had several RBI,” Lyon Coach Jason Miner said.
The Pipers (8-6) won game one 7-5 and took game two 6-3. UAPB hasn’t won a game in eight tries this season and is 1-3 against the Pipers in their last four meetings.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Jack Nicklaus is going to appear at next month’s Masters. He thinks Tiger Woods will, too.
Nicklaus said Wednesday that “it would surprise me” if Woods did not return to competitive golf in time for the Masters, a tournament the embattled world No. 1 has won four times in his career.
“I suspect he’ll play something before Augusta,” Nicklaus said behind the 18th green at PGA National, where the Honda Classic opens on Thursday. “Your guess is as good as mine. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t play something before Augusta.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl hoped his players would start strong against Arkansas after upsetting Kentucky.
Instead, it took a technical foul on Pearl to fire up the 16th-ranked Volunteers and their fans in an 80-73 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night.
“I was pleased to win the game, but I was hoping to build on how we played Saturday — and we did not,” Pearl said. “We didn’t play basketball like you need to play basketball in March.”
ALMA — Trailing 41-37 early in the fourth quarter, the Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals struck back, regained the lead and won going away here Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals defeated the Batesville Lady Pioneers 55-48 in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament for high school basketball. The Lady Cardinals, champions of the Southwest District, improved to 16-11 and advanced to the quarterfinals. They are scheduled to play the Monticello-Greenwood winner at 4 Friday afternoon.
The Lady Pioneers, fourth seeds out of the East, finished with a record of 15-12.
LYNN — The first big surprise of the state high school basketball tournaments didn’t take long to happen and it was provided by a host.
The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles stunned the previously-unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Bradley Bears here Tuesday afternoon in the first boys’ game of the day. The final score was 61-47.
Maybe James Jackson should wear his shorts backward all the time.
Despite the wardrobe malfunction, the Lyon College senior sparked an impressive performance for the Scots in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Jackson, playing in his final home game, collected 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as the Scots rolled to a 120-82 win over the Blue Mountain Toppers.
The same teams met Saturday at the same venue and the Scots snuck out a 99-93 win.
What was the difference Tuesday?
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Lady Southerners and Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets finished in a 1-1 tie in a soccer match here Tuesday.
Alex Burroughs scored for Southside on a penalty kick in the second half.
“We had 12 shots on goal and Alex had about half of those,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Adrianna Jeffery (goal tender) had 16 saves.
“This is the same team that beat us 4-0 about a week ago,” Weaver added. “We’re getting in better shape and improving.”
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their softball season with an 11-9 loss to the Heber Springs Lady Panthers here Tuesday afternoon.
Southside led 4-0 midway through the third inning, but the home team responded with a 3-run third and a 4-run fourth to go ahead 7-4. Southside regained the lead with a 5-run sixth. Heber Springs answered with another 4-run inning in the sixth to set the final score.
Southside was credited with five hits and committed five errors. Heber Springs collected eight hits and erred three times.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fifth-year seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku made their final home game at Syracuse one to remember, combining for 35 points and the Orange beat St. John’s 85-66 on Tuesday night in their first game in two decades as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Syracuse (28-2, 15-2 Big East) moved into the top spot on Monday. It was the first time the Orange were there since a six-week stint in 1989-90.
McCRORY — The Southside Southerners held of the defending Class 2A state champions here Tuesday afternoon.
Southside won the nonconference baseball game 6-4.
The Southerners sent three home in the first inning then added solo runs in the second, fifth and seventh.
The Jaguars scored two runs each in the third and fourth.
Dalton Littleton led Southside’s offense with a 2-for-3 performance, including a double. Teammates Jake Henderson and Chris Vaughn also doubled.